Out of the Embers by Amanda Cabot: Book Review
About the book:
Title: Out of the Embers
Author: Amanda Cabot
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: March 3, 2020
Ten years after her parents were killed, Evelyn Radcliffe is once more homeless. The orphanage that was her refuge and later her workplace has burned to the ground, and only she and a young orphan girl have escaped. Convinced this must be related to her parents’ murders, Evelyn flees with the girl to Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country and finds refuge in the home of Wyatt Clark, a talented horse rancher whose plans don’t include a family of his own.
At first, Evelyn is a distraction. But when it becomes clear that trouble has followed her to Mesquite Springs, she becomes a full-blown disruption. Can Wyatt keep her safe from the man who wants her dead? And will his own plans become collateral damage?
Suspenseful and sweetly romantic, Out of the Embers is the first in a new series that invites you to the Texas Hill Country in the 1850s, when the West was wild, the men were noble, and the women were strong.
This is my first time reading an Amanda Cabot book and it certainly won’t be the last. I greatly enjoyed this journey into Mesquite Springs and meeting all the characters who live there. Evelyn and Polly will tug on your heartstrings even while you take a deep breath in anticipation of the approaching danger.
Wyatt’s character struck a deep chord. He’s unhappy in his life, aching to leave the ranch and everything he knows behind so he can find his own place in this great big world. He’s searching for something he can’t even name, his purpose.
Amanda Cabot created a town and a full cast of characters who felt authentic enough to walk off the page. The danger surrounding Evelyn and Polly never felt extravagant or over the top, even though it seemed unlikely they would be confronted from so many angles.
The story twists and weaves around Evelyn and Wyatt in such a way that their falling in love did not overtake the rest of the plot. Something I appreciate in a good novel.
I requested a copy of this book from RevellReads. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.